ABSTRACT

During the formative years of today’s senior architects and educators in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the architectural discipline faced seismic developments in political economy and culture. The global west’s post-war boom-that Golden Era of Capitalism, as it is sometimes called in the United States or, as it is has since been recalled in France, the Trente Glorieuses1-was met by its rejoinder from the New Left and the counterculture. Architectural education was drawn to the way that the New Left and counterculture habitually located political consciousness close to architecture’s disciplinary heart in design, aesthetics, and everyday life. The situationists, based in Paris, and the hippies, congregating in the West/Southwest of the US, advanced analyses of the political economy of space and suggested tactics for its transformation. Their theses intrigued the architectural discipline to the same extent as they threatened the discipline’s extinction.